Restaurants in Venice

Expect a wait at this hole-in-the-wall gelato parlor where owner Carlo Pistacchi serves up his unusual flavors of gelato—artichoke, fig, and ginger.

From Food +  Wine: Longtime Harry's Bar manager Lucio Zanon brought glamour and great food back to this former celebrity stomping ground with a stunning restoration in 2000.

The bar and restaurant near Teatro La Fenice eschews typically fusty Venetian ambience in favor of spider-web metal chairs, a chameleon-hued backlit bar, and a loud sound system. Dinner and after-theatre snacks are served until 2 a.m.

With only 24 seats and a strong following, getting a reservation can be a challenge, but if you succeed, you'll be rewarded with fresh seafood—including seasonal specialties like tiny softshell crabs—a varied wine list, and friendly service.

Only those in the know will find their way to this hidden gem within a maze of winding alleys. Over the past couple of years the portions have become less generous, but antipasti such as sour eggplant and creamed codfish are among the best in town.

Venetians have strong opinions when it comes to their favorite bacaro (wine bar), where the cicheti (small plates similar to tapas) can be an appetizer or a dinner.